Sunday, January 18, 2009

MY CONSERVATORY...... BUILDING A DREAM


It was at an orchid exhibit at the New York Botanical Gardens where I was first bitten by the conservatory bug!  As you may know the magnificent Botanical Gardens are known for their grand conservatories.  Though it was a really cold and windy day when I was there for the orchid exhibit, inside the conservatory was tropically warm and the smell of the plants was intoxicating!  So began my dream to someday have a conservatory albeit a much smaller one, but a conservatory nonetheless,  where the feeling is always tropical, no matter what the thermometer says!

This shot is how the house appeared from the outside before construction began. The conservatory was constructed off the back of the house.  These windows would be replaced with French doors leading into the conservatory from the living room.  The project took two years from start to finish with all of the necessary permits, plans and manufacturing.
Finally the day arrived,  and so did a huge back hoe to dig the foundation, followed by the cement truck.
The foundation of the house also had to be broken through to create a crawl space under the conservatory foundation so all of the air conditioning ducts could be fed through.
The project remained like this for a few months while waiting for the structure to arrive.  The conservatory was manufactured from mahogany and shipped over from Ireland.  It then sat at the piers waiting to go through customs.
I never took photos of all the stacked pieces after they were delivered, so there is a gap in showing the construction.  But here are some shots of the final outcome.  This is the sideview of how the conservatory sits to the side of my patio.  It has French doors leading onto the patio as well.  I also found a company that manufactures retractable screens, so on a lovely spring day, I pull the screens down from their rolled up mechanism and it become much like a screened in porch..   The doors have retractable screening as well.
And finally the finished project.  The roofline has a lovely decorative piece that sits across the top.  For some reason it is not visible in this picture.  
This is the view from the conservatory and throughout the back of the house.  The stonework was another major project the first summer I moved in.  I wanted something that looked old with a Tuscan feel.  The stone walls are constructed from granite.  The roses are carpet roses in deep pink that spill down the walls from early summer until fall. Giant sunflowers and Endless Summer Hydrangeas serve to cover the stark white vinyl fence.  Fences are nice for privacy, this fence is my neighbors choice, but my intention is to hide the starkness of it by creating a natural screen.  The huge slab of slate shown in the corner of the picture where the gravel is, is a fountain where the water spills over that slate and gathers in the gravel where underneath a huge pump is housed to gather the water and recycle it up and through the garden again.
Just looking at the flowers makes me long for those summer days in my garden!  It snowed AGAIN today! 



68 comments:

Wendy said...

This is BEAUTIFUL!! I love the windows, they are so pretty. The landscaping is to die for. I so wish I had everything in your post in my backyard.

Wendy

Dawnie said...

this is so beautiful, absolutely stunning. I agree with you on the feel of this and this is my dream also. I bet this room is beautiful no matter how icky the weather is...the rain days have to be great to.

Meadowsweet Days said...

Hi Dawn, You are right! Rainy nights, and days too, are my favorite time in this room. The glass ceiling makes for great night time views as well!

Carol

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Absolutely gorgeous. A conservatory has always been a dream of mine, also!

Susan said...

This is GORGEOUS!!! Oh how I would LOVE it at my house!!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Carol, your conservatory is GORGEOUS! I love them...I even have books on conservatories so you know I'm loving this Met Monday post. I love the catherdral style windows and the beautiful soft green color...just beautiful! Did it come prepainted or did you choose that wonderful color? The rock work is beautiful, too and your patio outside it must be really pretty from what I can see of it. I was wondering, why did you order it from Ireland? Are there companies here that make these? Thanks soooo much for sharing this wonderful addition to your home! Awesome Met Monday post! Susan

Stacey said...

Just beautiful!

Cynthia said...

This is very inspiring and a great deal of thought must went into it. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

carolinajewel said...

Gorgeous!!!! I love the conservatory! What a wonderful addition to your house. It looks like it should have always been there! What a dream come true!!!! :D Jewel

Kim Chalfant said...

I'm so jealous!!! I want one!!! But alas, I have no room, nor the money. But I can dream. You are a lucky girl. It is beautiful. Enjoy!

ceekay said...

Oh....if you could hear me, you would think I was in pain...but oh my word, that is gorgeous!!! You are one blessed girl!

redsoxmom said...

What an amazingly beautiful addition--from the inside and the outside! Just gorgeous. I love everything about it!

Gypsy aka Tam said...

Oh how STUNNING! I love your conservatory and your gardens. Absolutly beautiful!!!
Tam

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Oh I have been dying to see a close-up of this!!! I'm so envious!!! It's soooo gorgeous! I wish I could just come and sit in it!! Haha! I want one! I'm printing this out and putting it on my vision board!

KD said...

Simply stunning! Thank you for sharing.

Linda/ "Mom..." said...

Congrats on seeing this project thru, to ensure having "THE" perfect space~~~ simply love it!!! No doubt it's your pride n' joy! Best, Linda *** (P.S. Left a nice note to WENDY, but she has that "google" thing & mine still doesn't "work"! SOOO, if WENDY comes back I wanted her to know! Thanks!)

RoyalTLady said...

Amazing!

Hi Carol, I came via Tea Time With Melody.

Everything in your blog is so well structured... and I bet so are you...

Happy New Year and enjoy your passion with flowers and gardening.

Virginia said...

Gorgeous!!!! absolutely stunning.

Blessings,
Virginia :)

Betsy said...

I'm speechless! This is gorgeous! I've come from Susan's! :)

Auction Girl Vintage said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS and very British feeling, wow! This would be a terrific spot for a very romantic dinner with professional waitstaff and lots of candles. Your yard is beautiful, too, the roses make such a nice carpet in a terraced garden.

Victoria

Neabear said...

I love your conservatory! It came out so pretty. I would be enjoying it immensely if I had it.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a beautiful addition to your home. I'm sure you spend many an enjoyable hour in here.. I'm drooling over your beautiful gardens as well. great post.
hugs ~ lynne~

Nancy said...

followed your link here, and I have to say this is a beautifully done project! kudos!!

Bo said...

This just proves that dreams can come true & yours was a most beautiful dream! ;-) Bo

Melissa Miller said...

I'm speechless Carol.
This is soooo GORGEOUS!
What a beautiful room and the yard...~WOW~
Love it all!

mishebe said...

Wow. Beautiful. mishelle

Candy said...

Lovely, beautiful flowers...would like to sit on the rock wall and take it all in!
Blessings, Candy

~CC Catherine said...

Carol...I vote yours #1 for M.Monday! Totally hands down, this dream and the fulfillment of each detail, the conservatory, the granite exterior, the wall flower garden....hmm, hmmm, hmmmm... I visited via Susan's link today too! My M.Monday project was so teency weency next to this one, but it sure would be nice to have a room like this to put it in. I'm showing my husband so we can dream over it too! 8=) Blessings, ~CC Catherine

~CC Catherine said...

Oh Good Golly Miss Molly Carol......I'm just gonna say it since all of us have "got" to be thinkin it... What type of expense (ballpark starting price) would we be looking at if we were to dream something of this stature? And, like Susan's comment, was Ireland the only place you could get this level of custom design done? Just curious...please don't feel pressured to answer...It's just so unique, it's just killing me with curiosity at what I'd be looking at in cost. Thanks for "considering" sharing~ 8=) ~CC Catherine

Kathleen said...

That is beautiful, Carol! I am glad you get to enjoy spending time there!
It looks perfect !
Did the town raise your taxes a lot too? My friend in E Quogue just did one, and she got a big increase! She was not a happy camper!
Very interesting post!sumar

santamaker said...

Jaw dropping gorgeous! You are a lucky woman , great job!

Marilyn said...

Carol,

Simply stunning! I love the fact that you attached it to your house. I can envision your guests gravitating towards the french doors and then entering the conservatory. It looks so warm and welcoming!

What a pretty place to read, tend plants or have an intimate, candlelit dinner!

An Accomplished Woman said...

Oh I am so in love with your conservatory. You are very gifted and very inspiring.

Windy said...

It is beautiful! Now that your dream has come true, I think it has become a dream for me:)

ann said...

This is truly a dream.It's fabulous.congrats...Ann

DEB said...

Your conservatory is stunning! This is obviously your most favorite room in the house. Deb

Mom in High Heels said...

Good heavens that is gorgeous! I want one! I hope you enjoy every moment you get to spend in your gorgeous addition.

mbkatc230 said...

This is just stunning. I don't think I would ever leave this room. Kathy

Rose Haven said...

Oh MY!!! What a beautiful conservatory!! It's beautiful!

bj said...

BWAAAAAAAA.....I want this ...bad!!!
OH, My, this is indeed just breathtaking. Wonderful!!

once in a blue moon... said...

oh i so love this, pretty pretty pretty! the garden and patio flow so beautifully from it. LOVE IT!

Lady Katherine said...

Just love it! I have wanted one forever, not giving up on my dream! Off my dining room, I plan to have a small butler's pantry, and put in a french door and build me a tiny conservatory. You said yours is small, Mine will be tiny tiny! lol

ellen b. said...

Oh Carol,
This is so beautiful. Yikes! I love your backyard and the stone planters and this conservatory is so magnificent. How wonderful that your dream came out so well!!

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

It's gorgeous Carol! I don't think I would ever want to leave that room!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Carol,
I so envy you your conservatory! It is beautiful! I've always wanted one too. What a wonderful dream come true for you. Thank you for sharing it with us. Have a beautiful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

just a little bit shabby said...

Stunning! Gorgeous! Fabulous! Lucky you! Enjoy!
Sandyt

Donna said...

OH my, Carol - how GORGEOUS!! And living in New York, you will love the winters now! No more feeling housebound! (I'm in New England - I can relate!)... I found you through Cindy's blog - lovely gift you sent her! And I absolutely LOVE your fur babies!! I love the photo of yours having a snow play date! I just posted a photo of our tiger kitty on the beam that crosses our family room - gotta love those fur babies!!!... Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage

Glenda said...

This is a dream. It's so English. Your a lucky woman to be able to full fill your dream.

Ciao

LindaSonia said...

Your conservatory is absolute stunning... so gorgeous. Love it. WoW. LindaSonia

Tanya said...

A conservatory has long been a dream of mine also! It must be heavenly in there (especially in the winter).

debbie said...

DEAR CAROL,
I FOUND YOUR BLOG FROM CINDY'S ROMANTIC HOME AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL EMBROIDERY WORK....HOW TALENTED YOU ARE.
I LOVE YOUR CONSERVATORY......CAN I JUST LIVE IN YOUR CONSERVATORY...LOL...IT IS BEAUTIFUL...I AM GOING TO PUT A LINK TO YOUR BLOG FROM MY HUMBLE BLOG...I AM JUST LEARNING HOW TO BLOG.
BEAUTIFUL HOME
debbie

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Momovthree said...

This is amazing! It just takes your breath away when you see it. Most people would dream of a room like this but you made your dream come true. I would tell you to enjoy it but I'm sure you already do! :)
~Michelle

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

I love this! I love the paint color, the shape, everything! I'm a garden nut and this would be so wonderful to have. I am also in the midst of construction. Isn't it chaos?
Brenda

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh-h-h-h-h-h your conservatory is precious !! I want one too.

Debra said...

I have never seen such a pretty "addition"....I absolutely love this and you can have summer year round. Can't wait to show my husband. Your yard is lovely as well!

Debra

Nancy W said...

Wow, this is so beautiful! You lucky lady you! Enjoy and I look forward to seeing more via your blog.

i cant sew said...

wow if i could just pluck it up and plonk it onto my house i would be happier than a pig in mud. it is exactly how i would imagine one to be. well done!! %*_*% rosey

Raxx - A day in the life said...

Your conservatory is breathtaking! What a dream realised!

cottage farm villa (cottagecharm) said...

Carol...I am so happy that you shared this process of building your conservatory!! It is so beautiful....and I had wondered about it when I saw the pic before! Your whole home and landscape is gorgeous!!! ~Cheryl

prairiedog said...

Wow,wow,wow,I want this,oh I don't wish for many things but I really like this.I guess I will just have to keep coming back to your blog to dream.Cyndi

Kathleen Ellis said...

Well..it's all been said so aptly...but I'll repeat it again...THIS ROOM IS GORGEOUS!!!
What an exciting dream come true for you...and such a lovely place to spend time dreaming!
Beautiful!
Have a beautiful day!
;-D

Kathy said...

WOW! Your conservatory and yard are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

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Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Oh my goodness, how utterly HEAVENLY!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
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Tea Time With Melody said...

Love it, love it , just love it.

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